Austria and Denmark want to establish deportation centers based outside of the EU for rejected asylum seekers.
A deportation centre located outside the EU would reduce incentive for people to travel across Europe to seek asylum, according to Denmark’s minister for immigration and integration Inger Støjberg.
“If you can see how quickly you can be sent back, there’s no reason to spend all your money and risk your life to get here,” she said.
Yes, finally someone other than Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban begin to discuss deportation, an issue that is a necessity for any realistic solution.
– Denmark’s minister for immigration and integration Inger Støjberg was in Vienna last week as the two countries presented their plan.
The plan seeks to provide shelter to refugees closer to their home countries while combating smuggling operations.
“We maintain that asylum should be sought in the first country you arrive in, instead of travelling through Europe,” the Danish minister said.
Denmark and Austria would continue working for an agreement with other EU countries to enable the implementation of the deportation centre outside of the EU, she said.
However, the location of the deportation centers will be controversial and is currently being kept from the public.
In our opinion, any deportation center in Europe would have to include guards and procedures to prevent the migrants from disappearing from the facilities in order to roam Europe. If not, this could get complicated.
While we like the idea of deportation centers, there are still many questions unanswered. Who exactly would determine the asylum requests? If the request is approved, what is the next step? If denied, what is the timeframe for deportation?
Moreover, both Spain and Greece, the main points of entry, are members of the EU. While these countries would be logical choices for deportation centers (in effect, sealing-off their borders), the plan calls for locations outside of the EU.
Does this include countries in Europe that are non-EU? Is it a coincidence that Frontex has just established agreements with Serbia, Albania and Macedonia? Interesting.
The V4 Report has always maintained that the nation states must develop a mechanism to deport the migrants outside of Europe. While this is encouraging, we will wait for the additional details.